I started at Radio 4EB in 2019 as Finance Officer. My working days are Mondays through Wednesdays, with the occasional Friday thrown in for good measure.

Being a Finance Officer at Radio 4EB has been challenging, but I’ve learned a lot, and both my job and the entire work atmosphere are very interesting. There is never a dull moment.

I am also involved with the Dutch program due to my mother’s Dutch ancestry. On my father’s side, I also have Scottish ancestors. Mum migrated from Holland when she was five years old, although my father and paternal grandparents were all born in the United States.  

My philosophy in life would probably be “Seek first to understand, before being understood” – This is still difficult for me to put into practice. But the following one I’m mastering (maybe a bit too well) these days… “If I can’t do anything about it, there’s little point stressing about it.” Because I’ve grown jaded, I can be dismissive of how others feel at times.

The one thing I couldn’t live without is company. I really enjoy times when I’m on my own and can get things done uninterrupted or just have some peace and quiet; but that rarely happens, although it’s much better now the family is older.  However, if I ever had to live on my own, I think I would probably feel lost or go crazy.

The greatest challenge that I had to overcome in my life is learning that things don’t happen when and how I would like them to and knowing how to either be patient or be accepting of things I can’t change and then finding good friends, the right professional advice, and other support networks to help me get through.  This has been especially true in relation to the health/learning difficulties and other challenges my kids have had to face.  While I don’t lose sleep over things like I used to, the challenges are still real and need to be navigated.  It’s been quite the journey, but I’m not on my own.

The highlight of my past year was moving into a lovely new home with so much space and a pool, finally getting to buy new furniture and seeing how happy my family is living there.  It’s made a huge difference!

Something exciting you would like to share. After five years of slowly plodding, I’m hopeful that our charity, The Literacy Foundation for Children, which I co-founded with my husband and two other parents is finally gaining some traction.  Last week we received some great news about a grant we were awarded.  So excited for the lives we can help change and the future of our NFP.

My favourite book is the Bible. Although I don’t spend nearly enough time reading it, it’s the only book I could not live without, and its author and content shape my life.

Sewing or reading are the two activities that cause me to lose track of time. But neither of these things is something I get to do very often these days.

If I had a free trip to anywhere in the world, I would absolutely go to Uganda to see my brother and his gorgeous family, see the new house they just built, and meet the youngest two of his four children, whom I’ve only ‘met’ online.

My favourite sandwich would be anything with chicken, but I’m partial to chicken with avocado, cheese and either sun-dried tomatoes or cranberry jelly, especially if it’s toasted!

Murder on the Nile was the last movie I watched. It kept my interest and, even though I hadn’t watched earlier versions of the movie, I had an idea as to how the ending would go.The song that I know every word is kind of a recent one which I really enjoyed singing to is, “There was Jesus” by Zach Williams and Dolly Parton.